Morning Buzz, June 24, 2011

Very specific: a database of information about early (pre-1800) southern sermons. “The database contains such information about the manuscripts as keywords, author, date of sermon, denomination of the author and the repository of the texts, where the full text is located.”

Toledo Museum of Art puts 300 items from its collection online: “Via the eMuseum link on the TMA website, users can search and browse the collection by object title, artist, material, date or type. Each entry features an extended description behind the work and, for many objects, users can zoom in and pan around images for highly detailed viewing.”

The EPA has released two new databases: “ToxCastDB users can search and download data from over 500 rapid chemical tests conducted on more than 300 environmental chemicals… ExpoCastDB consolidates human exposure data from studies that have collected chemical measurements from homes and child care centers. Data include the amounts of chemicals found in food, drinking water, air, dust, indoor surfaces, and urine. ExpoCastDB users can obtain summary statistics of exposure data and download datasets.”

Civil War-era Indiana newspaper digitized:

China has created a cultural relic database. “Boasting 1.66 million entries with more than 3.86 million pictures, the database includes details on every cultural relic in China’s museums.”

There’s a new search engine available that’s designed to look for happier news.

New Jersey farming in photographs, from the late 19th century to the 1970s, are now available in an archive. (About 2000 photographs.)

The US government has launched “This new website is a central, credible resource to inform practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. The site includes information on more than 150 justice-related programs and assigns ‘evidence ratings’ – effective, promising, or no effects — to indicate whether there is evidence from research that a program achieves its goals.”

A new search engine for films, TV, and radio is now available. “This new search environment will allow researchers to browse all collections using the one search engine and provides results in an easy-to-view format with clean design and user-friendly icons. It also generates ‘related records & searches’, and has a detailed user history and export function.”

California’s Weekly Newspapers will be preserved online. “The goal is to eventually include all of California’s nearly 400 weekly newspapers, he said, an effort that is endorsed by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, which featured the project in a spring newsletter. Among the newspapers participating so far are Riverside’s Black Voice News, Marinscope and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.”

American diplomat George S. Messersmith’s papers are now online. “The vast majority of the papers comprise correspondence and official dispatches that provide Messersmith’s eyewitness accounts of critical events and his professional perspective and advice on American policy in response to these historic instances.”

The Australian Poetry Library is now available online. “The site has a variety of books by Australian poets, including verse novels and the first volume of poetry ever published in Australia, Judge Barron Field’s First Fruits of Australian Poetry (Sydney, 1819).” Good morning, Internet…

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